Rockbourne, New Forest Cottages
East Lodge was built in the early 1800's and is one of a pair of gate lodges which stand at the entrance to the West Park Estate. (see West Lodge,H201). East Lodge has been completely refurbished and imaginatively extended to provide unusual and highly desirable holiday accommodation, graded 4 stars, Gold Award by Visit England. The property provides accommodation at ground floor level. The interiors have light, octagonal shaped rooms and combine stylish decor and furnishings with excellent kitchen and bathroom fittings.
All on the ground floor. East Lodge is to the left when you face the entrance gate with an outlook over fields towards the downs.
Open plan living room comprising a sitting area with open fireplace, window seat, French windows to the garden.
Fitted kitchen and dining areas.
Double bedroom. (4ft 6 bed)
Bathroom/wc. with separate shower above the bath.
Paved courtyard garden with garden table and chairs.
Home made meals, breakfast hamper and delivery of local produce by arrangement with the owner. Well behaved pets welcome. Unsuitable for young children, babies welcome. No smoking. Walking distance to a pub.
East Lodge is one of two Grade II listed detached gate houses we offer at the entrance to a country estate, West Park. The property lies at one end of the attractive village of Rockbourne, they offer an ideal base from which to explore The New Forest (about 10 minutes' drive), the unspoilt countryside of the Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the cathedral city of Salisbury and the South Dorset coast, approx. 20 miles away.
Rockbourne itself is an attractive country village, the main street being lined with cottages of brick, cob and thatch either side of a winter bourne. Rockbourne has a Roman Villa which can be visited and a good thatched pub 'The Rose & Thistle'. Fordingbridge, 3.5 miles away, with its medieval arched bridge over the River Avon, provides the nearest shopping centre.
About a ten minute drive away is the boundary of the New Forest, one of England's oldest remaining forests. Now officially a National Park it offers miles of foot, bridle and cycle paths for those searching for outdoor activities and there is also plenty of wildlife to spot, not least the famous wild ponies which roam freely, all within this unique landscape. Visitor attractions such as Beaulieu (National Motor Museum), Buckler's Hard (where Nelson's favourite ship was built) and Exbury Gardens (world famous Rhododendrons & Azaleas) are also located within the New Forest.
Also within easy driving distance are the historic cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester, Wilton House, Longleat Safari Park and the beaches, yachting marinas and resorts of the South Hampshire and Dorset coastline.
For a day out slightly further afield The World Heritage city of Bath has so much to offer, with it's Roman Baths a particular attraction.
Fordingbridge, the nearest town at around four miles away, has a range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants while Rockbourne itself boasts its own Roman Villa, trout fishery and a very popular thatched pub, The Rose and Thistle, which is just a few minutes' walk from Manor Farm.
"A really homely, comfortable lodge. Everything you could wish for is catered for, including a pet hamper for your dog. We stayed with our Westie here and loved the week's break. The personal touches the owner makes like the welcome cream tea, milk and fresh eggs ready for you makes you feel special - a really lovely touch. Laura is on hand to welcome you and check all has been OK when you leave, so you're well looked after. Plenty of lovely walks and pet friendly pubs close by. Will come again."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-10-17
"We stayed in your lovely cottage in June 2016 for 12 days and felt so at home and comfortable we could have stayed much longer. Your attention to detail, the cosiness, all the extras you provided and the cleanliness of the cottage was second to none. Your welcoming tea and scones and personal visit made us feel very special. The local pub was fabulous and we enjoyed an evening stroll out for a wonderful meal. Our experience in the New Forest was exceptional. What a lovely pocket of England in which to live. I hope we will visit and stay with you again. warmest regards, Tom and Maggie Anderson, Denmark, Western Australia."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-10-15